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Cape San Blas Inn
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jacksonville, florida
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent bed and breakfast”
Reviewed September 4, 2007

The Cape San Blas Inn sits with its back to St. Joe Bay (a wonderful view from the dining area, one downstairs room, and the upstairs Turtle Suite) and its front about 275 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. It can be used as a place of departure for fishing or kayaking tours of the Gulf or bay, or simply as a haven. The innkeeper and maid are gracious, and the breakfasts are excellent (there is a daily special such as eggs benedict, shrimp quiche, or country biscuits and sausage, but they will prepare whatever you want if the special doesn't please you) and can be taken in the common area overlooking the bay or in your room. The rooms are clean and are nice without being pretentious (if one doesn't consider the huge-screen TV and screened-in porch in the suite, which my wife and I would like to try when we feel flush). Hall noise is a slight problem, as the downstairs rooms open onto either the entryway or the dining area, and voices seem to boom through the doors. Upstairs, I've read that the room next to where the food preparation is done should be avoided if one likes to sleep in, as well. Otherwise, I would recommend this bread and breakfast with no reservations.

  • Liked — Ambiance, staff.
  • Disliked — Hall noise
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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5 Thank bettysboy
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Daphne, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2007

Cape San Blas is a wonderful unspoiled stretch of land with the gulf of mexico on one side and St. Joseph bay on the other. There are no highrise buildings allowed. There is only one restaurant on the cape, one gas station and maybe two convenience stores for bait and ice. The Cape San Blas Inn was built in 1999 and has all modern amenties. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated. The Innkeeper is the best. The breakfasts are wonderful. Spring for the big suite if you want your own screen porch!! We had a very relaxing enjoyable stay.

The beach is a short walk across the street. The Inn's backyard is the bay. The bay is alive with wildlife. Beautiful sunrises. Great place to relax and de stress.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — small room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Pissaro
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Atlanta
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103 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2007

This is a wonderful inn. Stayed here for 3 nights around the end of June. Our room was exceptionally clean, (to my surprise ha ha) tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The freshly cooked breakfast was delicious and the innkeeper and staff were very helpful and accommodating. The back of the inn is situated on the bay side and has it’s own private dock, canoes and kayak. Walked to the and of the dock early each morning for the beautiful sunrises and to watch the strangely amusing jumping mullet. From the front of the inn the ocean and beach are a short walk across the road. The inn has a couple of canoes and a kayak for exploring the bay. Directly across the road is the Trading Post. One of two stores on the cape. Sells everything from wine/beer to beach supplies. Highly recommended – a great place to stay on Cape San Blas.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank ChillMutt
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2007

My wife & I were looking for a nice long weekend getaway spot and were pleased to find the Cape San Blas Inn. We normally seek out quiet, somewhat off the beaten path type locales, and Cape San Blas was truly that! Nice and quiet, peaceful, nature focused, and with no noisy clubs anywhere on the island it makes for a great romantic weekend.

The Cape San Blas Inn/B&B is delightful. Garret, the owner & manager, made us feel welcome & right at home. We were in the Scallop Shell room in the back of the house and that opened onto a small semi-private deck area facing the boardwalk to the bay. The bed was very comfortable once we figured out our "sleep numbers," and the bathroom was just fine. The breakfasts were, as other reviewers have described, wonderful. We had blueberry pancakes, french toast, and a delicious shrimp quiche.

Our only issue with the entire stay was the fact that the breakfast serving area is directly outside the room where we were and the kitchen prep area is directly overhead. So if you're a late sleeper, ask for one of the front rooms or spring for the Turtle Suite upstairs. They start serving coffe & preparing for the meals at about 7:15 AM with guests beginning to trickle in shortly thereafter. We talked to Garrett about it and once he explained his future remodeling plans they seem set to cure this minor annoyance.

Garrett also did a nice job of recommending area activities, and dining options. As has been pointed out elsewhere, there are only 2 actual places to eat nearby--so you'll be heading off island for meals. The little Coneheads ice cream shop/deli down towards the state park packs a great cold cut sandwich, but doesnt do much more than that. The best food we had was at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. HIGHLY recommend that if you're in the area. We also tried Boss Oyster in Apalachicola and it was just ok. Nice setting, but food was fairly run of the mill.

Again, if you're looking for a very quiet base from which to sample the activities & tastes of Florida's Forgotten Coast, the Cape San Blas Inn is right up your alley. Enjoy.

  • Liked — Breakfasts & location
  • Disliked — Noise from breakfast area which was adjacent to our room.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank morganinaboat
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fort walton beach,fl
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2007

Stayed here for a weekend to do some kayaking and scalloping. The inn was very attractive, the room was very nice and comfortable. There was a nice boardwalk going out to the bay where you can use the Inn's canoes or put in your own boat to paddle out to the bay. Great kayaking, nice visability and plenty of sea life to view. The hostess was also very nice and the breakfeast was great. I'd definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank guest64
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2007

Just returned from our second stay at the B&B and I can not say enough nice things about it. The room was very nicely furnished and immaculately clean. We stayed in the scallop room which had a patio off the bedroom with a view of the bay.

The breakfast in the morning was incredible. The first morning it was eggs benedict, second blueberry pancakes, and lastly heuvos rancheros.

It is easy to work off the breakfast with long walks on the deserted beaches or paddling the canoes or kayak the B&B provides. One afternoon whlie paddling the bay, I saw two bald eagles and several osprey. The water is crystal clear and I could easily see shells on the bottom.

Cape san blas is a quiet little town with just two restaurants so it does not attract a lot of spring breakers. If you are looking for a place to get some peace and quiet and just relax, stay at this B&B.

  • Liked — Clean pretty rooms
  • Disliked — Very isolated
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank errantmd
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Reviewed June 30, 2005

This was a great little bed and breakfast across the street from the beach and just a few miles from St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. We were there in September and the beautiful beaches were deserted. There are lots of beach houses but no cheesy shops or touristy junk.

The Inn itself was nicely decorated, comfortable, and the staff (basically one live-in person) was very friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were great.

The only negative were the biting flies which were pretty bad in places but not as long as you stayed close to the water. The locals said this was a seasonal problem. I will definitely consider returning here, but maybe not in September.

  • Stayed September 2004
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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Property: Cape San Blas Inn
Address: 4950 Cape San Blas Rd, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456-4406
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Port Saint Joe
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Port Saint Joe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Cape San Blas Inn, located on the pristine Gulf Coast of Florida. Built as a Bed & Breakfast in 1999, the Cape San Blas Inn is situated on the east side of St. Joseph Peninsula. Overlooking picturesque St. Joseph Bay and across the street from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn is situated 25 miles west of Apalachicola and 14 miles from Port St. Joe. Graced by the natural beauty of this yet-unspoiled part of Florida's Gulf coast, the Cape San Blas Inn can be enjoyed year-round with equal enthusiasm. Come stay, relax and experience everything this unique locale offers. ... more   less 
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